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Calls for investigation of ‘Islamophobic’ nursery school in Dundee

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Scottish Health Secretary Hamza Yousaf (L) is pushing for an official investigation into Little Scholars nursery (R) over possible Islamophobic attitudes and policies

There are growing concerns about possible Islamophobic attitudes and policies by a Scottish nursery following complaints by a leading politician.

Scottish Health Secretary, Humza Yousaf, has reported the Little Scholars nursery to the Care Inspectorate over verifiable claims the establishment discriminated against his daughter.

The nursery school is situated in Broughty Ferry, an eastern suburb of Dundee in eastern-central Scotland.

Yousaf contends that the nursery claimed it had no availability when his wife applied for a space for his two-year-old daughter.

However, according to Yousaf, when applications were submitted to the same nursery by friends and family for “White Scottish-sounding names”, the school responded favorably by offering availability.  

Following initial concerns, the Scottish newspaper Daily Record conducted a professional investigation by submitting applications with identical requirements to the Little Scholars nursery under the names Aqsa Akhtar and Susan Blake.

The newspaper reported that Aqsa Akhtar had her application rejected while Susan Blake was accepted.  

Writing on the social media platform Facebook, Yousaf said he believed his daughter had “faced discrimination from Little Scholars Nursery either based on her ethnicity or religion”.

“The nursery has had ample opportunity to provide an explanation, none has been forthcoming”, Yousaf added.

For its part, the Little Scholars nursery issued the following statement: “We note Mr Yousaf's call for a Care Inspectorate investigation and this is something we would absolutely welcome”.

"We have nothing to hide and look forward to the opportunity to demonstrate the policies and procedures we have in place to ensure we are a nursery that is open and welcoming to all", the school added.


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